The Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has taken Beti Kamya, the minister for Kampala to court seeking to restrain her from passing off as the political head of the city.
The two have never hit it off and last week, Lukwago accused Kamya of “capturing division mayors and councillors.”
Lukwago says he has on several occasions written formal requests to the minister to attend Authority meetings to iron out several issues relating to the development of the capital city but she has boycotted them.
Section 11 of the KCCA Act vests the executive powers in the office of the lord mayor.
The same act says that the lord mayor is the political head of the capital city among many other administration duties, a role the lord mayor claims the minister has taken over illegally.
Lukwago said: “The minister has on several occasions arbitrarily taken unilateral decisions and purported to implement the same without involving the office of the lord mayor as the political head of the authority.”
According to the Lord mayor, the actions of the honorable minister have solely frustrated his ability to execute his duties of developing programs and strategies for the development of the capital city.
Among those affected is the KCCA Metropolitan Physical Planning authority that is a blue print to bringing to order in the capital city.
“On several occasions I requested the minister to appoint persons to constitute the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority but all my efforts have come to a naught which has adversely affected my work and duties as lord mayor,” he said.
Previous efforts to bring Lukwago and Kamya together have failed. The legal battle could indicate that the two leaders may never work together.
By Victoria Bagaaya